Quote Of The Day

Friday, March 12, 2010

Does This Concern You?

"As a social good, I think privacy is greatly overrated because privacy basically means concealment. People conceal things in order to fool other people about them. They want to appear healthier than they are, smarter, more honest and so forth."
--Richard Posner, federal judge

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

News From Minnesota

The next time someone talks about an over populated world or that people’s actions could possibly changing our world environment you can use these facts from Minnesota:

Almost anyone can stand in a 2’ by 2’ space (4 square feet)

US population is 303 million

World population is 6.8 billion

28 million square feet are in a square mile

2.8 people in a US family

3.3 people in a World family

Ok with the above you get:

Ø Every man woman and child in the US could go to Disney World… at the same time!

Ø I live on a ½ acre lot – you could give every US family a lot my size… in the state of Minnesota and still have room to spare!

Now get this…

Ø Every man woman and child in the world could go to our smallest state, Rhode Island at the same time… and only take up 63% of the space!

Ø You could give every family in the world a ½ acre lot in our 9 largest US states… and not fill them up!

If you have a globe look how small Minnesota is compared to the US and how small the US is in the world!

It is kind of like saying “if you pee in the lake you will kill the fish” J

Monday, March 8, 2010

Remember This Day?

As we watch Buzz Aldrin on "Dancing With The Stars" this week, remember this seldom repeated story of that famous day more than 40 years ago...

Forty years ago two human beings changed history by walking on the surface of the moon. But what happened before Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong exited the Lunar Module is perhaps even more amazing, if only because so few people know about it.

I'm talking about the fact that Buzz Aldrin took communion on the surface of the moon. Some months after his return, he wrote about it in Guideposts magazine. And a few years ago I had the privilege of meeting him myself. I asked him about it and he confirmed the story to me, and I wrote about in my book Everything You Always Wanted to Know About God (But Were Afraid to Ask).

The background to the story is that Aldrin was an elder at his
Presbyterian Church in Texas during this period in his life, and knowing that he would soon be doing something unprecedented in human history, he felt he should mark the occasion somehow, and he asked his pastor to help him. And so the pastor consecrated a communion wafer and a small vial of communion wine. And Buzz Aldrin took them with him out of the Earth's orbit and on to the surface of the moon.

He and Armstrong had only been on the lunar surface for a few minutes when Aldrin made the following public statement: "This is the LM pilot. I'd like to take this opportunity to ask every person listening in, whoever and wherever they my be, to pause for a moment and contemplate the events of the past few hours and to give thanks in his or her own way." He then ended radio communication and there, on the silent surface of the moon, 250,000 miles from home, he read a verse from the Gospel of John, and he took communion. Here is his own account of what happened:

"In the radio blackout, I opened the little plastic packages which contained the bread and the wine. I poured the wine into the chalice our church had given me. In the one-sixth gravity of the moon, the wine slowly curled and gracefully came up the side of the cup. Then I read the Scripture, 'I am
the vine, you are the branches. Whosoever abides in me will bring forth much fruit.. Apart from me you can do nothing.'

I had intended to read my communion passage back to earth, but at the last minute [they] had requested that I not do this. NASA was already embroiled in a legal battle with Madelyn Murray O'Hare, the celebrated opponent of religion, over the Apollo 8 crew reading from Genesis while orbiting the moon at Christmas.
I agreed reluctantly. I ate the tiny Host and swallowed the wine. I gave thanks for the intelligence and spirit that had brought two young pilots to the Sea of Tranquility .. It was interesting for me to think: the very first liquid ever poured on the moon, and the very first food eaten there, were the communion elements."

And of course, it's interesting to think that some of the first words spoken on the moon were the words of Jesus Christ, who made the Earth and the moon - and Who, in the immortal words of Dante, is Himself the "Love that moves the Sun and other stars."